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“Kristian has been an online bookseller for the Friends of the Wichita Public Library for several years. He has done a great job in training volunteer sorters on how to identify books with high sales potential. His expertise in assisting with used book sales has helped to raise hundreds of dollars for our library.” -Cynthia Berner Harris, Director of the Wichita Public Library

 

"“Kristian has been a real lifesaver - has helped me sell my extensive and eclectec book collection. He was realistic about pricing, prompt with payment, meticulous with statements, and very personable. Ours is an ongoing business relationship, as I have many more "living estate" items to liquidate.”  -J. McCracken, Book Collector

 

"“Kristian has the unique ability to recognize great written works. He is adept at locating rare books for others which makes him an invaluable asset when looking for the perfect gift. Kristian truly loves his work and it shows in the product he selects because everything he sells is beyond the ordinary." -T. Kimsey, Web Designer

 

"“Kristian is very passionate, and dedicated to his profession of finding and selling great books online. He's also managed to take his passion for this, and is giving back to the community with his knowledge of books. He has done so much for the Wichita Public Library! We don't know what we would do without him. When someone can take their passion and dedication for what they do and then use it to better their community, you have hit a home run. That's what Kristian has done. He also is genuinely concerned that people have a good experience when they deal with his company. He has a great big conscience, which is always good when you are trying to make a decision about who to do business with! He does what he says he will do. You can be sure of it!” -G. Fisher, President of the Friends of the Wichita Public Library Board

 

"“WOW, ditto all the above recommendations. Kristian has been awesome to work with. He has helped the Friends of the Andover Public Library in so many ways. He has earned money "for the cause" and has helped in the trenches, as well. What a treasure!” -Carol Wohlford, Director of the Andover Public Library

 

"“My dealings with Kristian were always enjoyable. He was responsive to requests for information and forthright in his dealings with me. If I were in a position to employ him or his services again, I would jump at the chance.” -J. Malott, Inventory Manager at Watermark Books & Cafe



A Brief History of LowestCostBooks.com

LowestCostBooks.com was started in my basement during the summer of 2002. After holding a slew of not-so-typical nine to five jobs and entrepreneurial endeavors (including a stint as the Nutcracker, Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus at a Holiday Gift Store, working at an ice cream shop in Nantucket, mowing lawns, walking dogs, accounts receivable, furniture salesman, etc.) I began selling my families' old books on the Internet as a hobby, and it quickly grew into a passionate pursuit and eventually a full-time business. I now spend my time traveling around the United States on the hunt for the most exciting books I can find. The rest of my waking hours are spent either in my home office/library at the computer or out on the golf course when I need some fresh air. I primarily sell my own books, but I also sell rare books on behalf of the Wichita, Andover, Newton, Salina, Hutchinson and Manhattan Public Libraries. If you are interested in finding out more about any of these organizations and how you can help, feel free to email us or visit my links page.



Around the Office

Working Under the Watchful Eye of My Grandpa Gus' Original Law Practice Sign, With Prince Photo-Bombing the Background


Nick Having Fun At Work, Circa 2005

Nick Not Having Fun at Work

The Original LCB Basement Library

My Grandpa Lavere's Reading Chair and Inventory at the Andover Antique Mall

Making a Presentation on Rare Books at the River City Reading Festival in Lawrence, Kansas



Mission Statement

 

It is my goal to provide each customer with a pleasurable and hassle-free online buying experience.

Every customer will be confident that the unique book they are receiving is the best value possible from a highly reputable bookseller.

I want to provide consumers with the information and tools it takes to find the best deals for books available on the Internet. 

Customer satisfaction is my top priority, and I will do whatever it takes to make sure each individual gets what they want.  
  • I will gift wrap your book for you upon request (for free).
  • I will help you find books that I don't have (or nobody else seems to have).
  • I will make sure your item is shipped quickly and in a professional and secure manner. 
  • I will even sign the book "From Kristian, with love," if that is what you want.

I strive to be a leader in the world of online bookselling, and the only way I can do that is by catering to your specific needs.

Let me know what I can do for you.

 
Code of Ethics
 


 
     

The Independent Online Booksellers Association is an international trade association founded in 1999 for the purpose of ensuring the preservation of traditional bookselling values in the face of rapid developments in the world of online bookselling. While various laws will govern how members operate their businesses, members shall take further responsibility for fostering mutual trust and respect between booksellers and customers by providing reliable services and conducting themselves with fairness and integrity, as detailed in the following Code of Ethics:

  1. Members will provide full business contact information.


  2. Terms and conditions of sale, including return policies, shall be clearly stated when offering any items for sale. These terms and conditions may be modified by mutual consent between member and customer.


  3. Members will be familiar with the correct usage of the generally accepted terms of the book trade and will apply them accurately in the conduct of their business.


  4. Members will provide a thorough and accurate description of all items offered for sale, noting appropriate bibliographic details, all significant defects, and all restorations or sophistications.


  5. Members agree to a policy of guaranteed customer satisfaction. Items may be returned within a reasonable period of time, and a full refund will be issued upon safe receipt of the item. The member will cover return shipping costs if there was an error in the listing. Items lost or damaged during shipping from the member to the customer are the responsibility of the member.


  6. Members will make every effort to keep their listings current. Items that have been sold should be removed as quickly as possible.


  7. Members will respond to customer and book trade enquiries in a timely and courteous manner.


  8. Members will make reasonable efforts to ascertain the authenticity of any material offered for sale. Unless other terms are clearly agreed upon by both parties, members will unconditionally guarantee representations of authenticity of all items offered for sale.


  9. Members will not knowingly purchase or sell stolen material, and will cooperate with authorities and institutions on the recovery of stolen material.


  10. Members will not knowingly violate copyright laws.


  11. Members offering appraisal services shall abide by all applicable laws, and will adhere to the recognized standards governing appraisals. They shall not misrepresent their credentials, and they shall inform all parties of any potential conflict of interest in writing.


  12. Members entering into a consignment agreement shall make all provisions of that agreement clear to the consignor in advance and in writing.


Unresolved disputes involving any member of IOBA should be reported to the IOBA Ethics Committee by sending an email to ethicsinfo@ioba.org, and members shall abide by the decisions of the Committee regarding the settlement of such disputes. Violation of this Code of Ethics may be grounds for censure, suspension, or expulsion. By joining IOBA, members agree to fully adhere to this Code of Ethics.



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